Special Education Services within ESS
For students with disabilities eligible to receive special education and related services, PXU welcomes the input of the student, parent/guardian and other members of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team to come together on an annual basis, or more frequently if needed. It is always important to remember that special education is a service, not a “place.” The IEP Team considers the unique individual strengths, needs, and post-secondary goals when determining the appropriate service needs of each student.
We provide a continuum of services (listed below) to students, along with a variety of service delivery options. Teams must always begin program planning with the belief and expectation that students receive services in the general education setting. Data is used to identify if a student needs more intensive instruction or self-contained services. Options before considering this must include reasonable accommodations and/or modifications, supplementary aids and services, and/or assistive technology in general education classes.
Special education services might include:
- instruction in accessing the general education classes
- literacy and academic strategies
- social/emotional/affective skills
- transition service needs and/or independent living skills
In addition, related services are available:
- nursing services
- orientation and mobility skills training
- physical therapy
- occupational therapy
- speech and language therapy
Self-advocacy of students is critical in high school. The IEP Team, with input directly from the student and well as parents, will work together to develop an individualized, comprehensive educational plan, determine the types of services and supports the student requires, and determine the location and setting for the student to access all required services as described in the IEP.
For more information about our continuum of services and educational placement options determined by the IEP team, please contact the ESS Facilitator at your student’s school or our ESS District Office to speak with the ESS Director or ESS Manager.